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Wooah! What a day it was!! The summit totally rocked! It was the culmination of weeks of planning, re-planning efforts and also the result of some incredible execution. Mind you, this was organized by the engineering team and we had no event management support whatsoever. Okay – back to how the event went.

I landed up at the venue around 7 AM (man! thats early!) and I already had butterflies in my stomach as I was to be the MC of the event. I have done it few times before but not for a corporate event like this. Coming from an engineering background and being used to make a living writing code, this was an exciting challenge for me. It was incredible to see the folks had already set up the registration desks. The stage looked fantastic and the scene was set for a great event that followed.

The delegates started walking in at 8:30 around and we had a full house around 9:15. The event started at 9:30 AM and we had Ananth, Director of Flex & cold fusion engineering address the crowd with the welcome note. This was followed by a key note session from Naresh Gupta, MD, India R&D center, Adobe talk about the past present and future of RIAs. Naresh’s presentation covered the entire spectrum of how applications evolved through the years.

Then came David Wadhwani – GM & VP of the platform business unit at Adobe. David spoke about Adobe’s platform strategy and how adobe technologies will revolutionize the RIA world in the years to come, just the way it has been all this while! The AIR demos from David’s session kept the audience captivated and I could literally see jaws dropping when the thermo preview video was played. The session rocked and the loud applause testified it!

Ben Forta (Dir Evangelism) came, spoke and he conquered! Ben dint have a PPT at all!! He built applications (not one, but three) Ben’s presentation was racy, super cool and the crowd just loved it! Ben’s fans in this part of the world got a chance to click a few pictures of his, which he graciously obliged.

James ward did a fantastic session on connecting back ends with Flex applications. I was amazed by the speed at which James wrote those applications. The crowd loved his session and James was patient to answer many many questions that folks asked. I did a lot of socializing with the delegates during the lunch time and also managed to shoot some prospective 30 on air videos as well.

The afternoon sessions started with customer showcases from Ivy Comptech, Borland, Business Objects, Instacoll and Cognizant. It was great to see our customers talk about how our technology helped them build successful businesses. James came back and did the session on RIA best practices. This session had an even longer Q & A and James once again was kind enough to answer them all. The “getting the ACT together” session followed, where we had Mr Neil – professor at KMIT talk about the importance of academia in RIA training. Mrinal spoke about the community activities and Himanshu Modi of techpoint multimedia spoke about training.

The last session for the day was AIRkitectur by Sunil and Raghu which also had a mini skit which kept the crowd entertained. We also had a lot of folks getting their Flex 2.0 books autographed by James and many folks getting their pics clicked along with Ben and James. Meet the Flex team and customer stall showcases followed and it was around 7:30 when the summit closed.

Overall, it was a great day and it was fantastic to have James, Ben and David join us for this event. And not to forget the great audience without which this event could have never been such a great success!

Ramesh & I were at IIIT Bangalore on the 21st for a 4 hour Flex workshop as part of their annual techfest – Innofest. The idea was to address an audience who had little knowledge about web 2.0 world and the growing RIA technologies. Ramesh talked in detail about the RIA paradigms and the Web 2.0 technologies focusing specifically around Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR, Adobe LCDS and Adobe Blaze DS. The audience literally had their jaws dropping when Ramesh demoe’d Ely’s flexbook example and the anthropologie AIR application. Those demos perfectly set the tone for the subsequent session where I built a Flex Quiz application with the attendees. The crowd was damn excited to build their first flex app and I could see the excitement rising when the application was moving towards completion. There were so many questions asked as we coded, and hence, we ran out of time before we could complete the application [:(] We passed on the source code to the attendees so that they could complete it post our session.

This was followed by “Answer a question, win a Flex T-Shirt/Book”. This was quite a lot of fun and folks did answer quite complex questions (Most of them were rooting for the T-Shirt, so the competition was fierce!) On the whole, we had a great afternoon at IIIT-B talking about Flex and Ramesh played the thermo sneak peak video [part1][part2]to a few guys who specifically asked for it. We also got the Innofest T-Shirts, and thats when Pavan, one of the IIITB guy’s walked up to us and said he had designed that T-Shirt and even went on to say without Adobe Photoshop he couldn’t have done any of that. It was a real cool T-Shirt indeed and it was a proud moment for me to hear a passionate Adobe customer’s testimonial on how our tools helped him design something cool!

We did take a few pictures of the event, I havent gotten time to upload them. Most of us have been incredibly busy organizing the Adobe RIA architect summit which is happening on the 3rd of April at The Chancery, Residency Road, Bangalore. If you haven’t still signed up for it, HURRY! the seats are getting sold out in express pace! Register Now!

It’s summit time again folks ! You might recollect the RIA Leadership Summit that happened when Shantanu was in Bangalore, which saw industry leaders from various IT Companies from across India attended the talk about Adobe’s vision and plans for the Rich Internet Application space. Since then, the India RIA scene has been more dynamic than ever and there has been an increasing demand for insights into architecture & design principles around RIAs. As an acknowledgment to this Adobe brings “The RIA Architect Summit“.

What is in it for me?:

  • Hear Naresh Gupta (MD, Adobe India), David Wadhwani (VP, Platform BU, Adobe) share the exciting future of RIAs using Flex & AIR
  • Meet acclaimed evangelists James Ward & Ben Forta
  • Hear about the success stories of leading IT Enterprises who have adopted Flex & AIR.
  • Experience RIAs built on Adobe platforms and hear from the teams that built them

Who should attend ? :

Architects, Technical Managers and Strategic Decision Makers

When & Where? :

Date : 03 April ‘08

Venue : The Chancery Pavillion, Bangalore

How do I get in?: 

Register ASAP at http://adoberiarch.eventbrite.com/

Hurry! Registrations on a First Come First Serve basis…

After almost 3 years working with the Flex Engineering team (and a brief stint with the Adobe Media Player team) I have accepted a  new role as an Evangelist for the platform products of Adobe (Flex , AIR …) It has been  incredible working in the Flex engineering team, and I am going to sorely miss being there! But on the upside, It is going to be exciting times ahead as Flex / AIR is quite hot and happening in India and there is a lot of interest around Adobe technologies. My work will be predominantly India centric and I am looking forward to meeting folks in India working in Flex / AIR.

get in touch with me for your flex / AIR related queries, I will be delighted to assist – hsivaram [at] adobe [dot] com

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Adobe Media Player (AMP) pre-release is available for download on Adobe labs website. From Labs site about AMP:

Adobe is driving the next generation of internet video delivery with the Adobe Media Player (AMP), Flash® Media Server software, content protection technologies, and a broad and powerful ecosystem of partners providing key solutions from content creation through delivery and monetization. AMP brings the best of both the broadcast television and web video worlds to your desktop—providing high-quality content both online and offline, with a wide range of business model possibilities.

I joined the AMP team just 2 months back on deputation, and I was overwhelmed by the cool features that this application bundles. What more, this is built on Adobe AIR, which will redefine the desktop application world in the days to come. On a personal note, this is also my first application development assignment at Adobe and I am mighty excited about the work that I am doing and also the outcome! Test drive AMP today!

Its been a long time since I posted anything here. I have been quite busy lately! I am working out of the Adobe San Jose office and doing some really exciting work on the Adobe Media Player engineering. Its a super-sexy application! Do test drive it when it becomes avaliable for dowload (watch Adobe Labs or this space for more info on the same!)

I have been getting quite a few mails and comments to add the code for the gantt chart and the task scheduler component. I will soon do that. Till then keep flexing your moxie and rock on!